Kieran McMonagle, the Four Directions “Grad Coach” and Jennifer McMaster, DHS, vice-principal provided an update on the “Four Directions Program” which focuses on assisting First Nations and Metis students entry into high school.
 
The program asks students what they need to succeed rather than judging them when they do not succeed. By connecting with parents and getting parents to support children, children will have better chance to succeed.
 
​McMonagle begins by connecting with parents to ensure each student can participate in all aspects of school life.
 
This year forty-three students were invited to come to DHS before school started to familiarize themselves with school and programs offered.
 
This past summer, 20 students took up the invitation to attend Kieran’s 2 week course to prepare them for high school.
 
During the year, Room 119 at DHS is designated as the “Four Winds” room and kids can come there any time to get help or just hang out.
 
In October, McMonagle took 63 students to Thunder Bay to show them the facilities and programs offered at Lakehead University and Confederation College. One of the students has already been offered a $5000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
 
If students live out of town but wish to participate in extra-curricular activities, Kieran will make arrangements with a taxi company to ensure the student can participate and still get home safely.
 
As a result of the Four Directions program the  School is finding that the Grade 9 success rate of Aboriginal students is now on a par with the rest of the school and they are all achieving four credits per semester.
 
For more information on this program go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5resiB
 
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